In Finland, the environment impact assessment (EIA) procedure consists of a programme and the subsequent report phases. As a first step, the project owner prepares an EIA programme, establishing what the EIA procedure will include and how it will be carried out. The subsequent EIA report will outline the results of the assessment and examine the feasibility of the project from the perspective of environmental impact.
Both documents are delivered to the coordinating authority, which organises a public hearing and gathers written opinions from citizens, organisations and other concerned parties, as well as requests statements from the relevant authorities. The coordinating authority will also give its own statement on the programme and a reasoned conclusion on the report. The EIA report and the reasoned conclusion are later enclosed to the permit application.
EIA procedure for battery materials launched
We have in March 2020 launched an EIA procedure on behalf of our project company, Finnish Battery Chemicals Oy. The procedure concerns two plants producing lithium-ion battery materials to be established in Finland. Alongside the EIA procedure, we are continuing investment negotiations with potential partners. Our goal is a joint venture in Finland, where Finnish Minerals Group is a co-owner.
In the EIA programme, we look at the environmental impact of establishing the precursor (pCAM) plant in four alternative locations: Kokkola, Vaasa, Kotka or Hamina. The alternative locations for the cathode active material (CAM) plant are Vaasa and Kotka. We also look at three different capacity options, amounting to 20,000, 60,000 and 120,000 tonnes per year (t/a).